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CharredApron
12-30-2013, 11:01 PM
Welcome to "La maison des saveurs" a Culinary Retreat in the South of France~ Featuring French Cooking, Butchery & Charcuterie. Monthly Culinary Tours of the surrounding terroir, wine tastings, European KCBS style cooking Classes, True Farm to Table Experiences with an emphasis on Sustainablity.

Check in frequently for updates as I chronical the latest events and milestones towards our Grand Opening scheduled for Fall of 2014.
As many of you already know, my wife and I are moving to France this January. We will be setting up a tour service based in the Languedoc-Roussillian region of France, the largest wine producing region in the Country. We will also be conducting KCBS Competition cooking classes and so far, we are the first Comp Team to register with KCBS from France.
As a continual offering, our tour service will host a maximum of 8 guests and the objective is to meet with our guests in the morning to plan the evenings meal. We will then visit the local Butchers, Bakers, Produce Growers, Cheese Makers, etc to shop for the ingredients necessary to prepare the predetermined meal. At the end of the day we will all gather in the kitchen to cook dinner and sample some of the fruits of our labor.
We are building our own version of Kitchen Stadium in the lower level of our home located in Ventenac en Minervois. I am shipping over my new stick burner that Paul aka TuscaloosaQ recently built for me and my Vision Kamado as well as a few OTG's to round out the mix. Plans are in the works now to build a large smoke house and a Wood Fired Oven for pizzas and bread making as well.
Our Cook Team the "Sultans of Sting" will compete in May in Hasselt, Belgium and again June 7th in Amsterdam at the Tony Stone Low and Slow.

Thanks for looking and we look forward to seeing you in France,

Jed

The Canal Du Midi is a stones throw from our back yard!

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Stop by the local Chateau and buy 3 litres of wine for $5.00 it's cheaper than gas!
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Pick some grapes so sweet!

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Skiing in nearby Andora

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Walk until your hearts content!

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Take a dip in the pool while the smokers hot!

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Catch a falling moon over the olive trees.

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landarc
12-31-2013, 12:09 AM
Gonna be glorious. I am particularly interested to see how French cooking evolves your very eclectic cooking.

Diesel Dave
12-31-2013, 06:12 AM
Wow Jed that looks like an amazing place, I'm sure you're going to add a very inspired touch to the area's cooking habits.

Wishing you and the missus the best in this new advanture

CharredApron
12-31-2013, 07:16 AM
Thanks Bob, I trained under a Chef here when I was much younger that was a graduate of Juilliard in France. I am most interested in the art of Charcuterie and Cheese making. Happy New Year to you!

CharredApron
12-31-2013, 07:17 AM
Wow Jed that looks like an amazing place, I'm sure you're going to add a very inspired touch to the area's cooking habits.

Wishing you and the missus the best in this new advanture
Thank you Dave, Happy New Year and come on over for a visit!

chicagokp
01-02-2014, 07:06 PM
I'm officially jealous! That is soooo cool!!!

Gore
01-02-2014, 07:10 PM
That is fabulous! I had no idea Indiana was so beautiful!

CharredApron
01-02-2014, 07:13 PM
Indiana is Fabulous indeed, if only I could find a road map to get there!

caseydog
01-02-2014, 07:30 PM
Best wishes... and do choose your glasses wisely.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=45kUSE_ek_U

CD

CharredApron
01-02-2014, 07:33 PM
Best wishes... and do choose your glasses wisely.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=45kUSE_ek_U

CD
Don't think I am quite ready for that just yet!

gtr
01-02-2014, 10:58 PM
I get over to Europe from time to time - this looks fanfarkingtastic and I will definitely make every effort to check out what all you got going over there!

caseydog
01-02-2014, 11:52 PM
I get over to Europe from time to time - this looks fanfarkingtastic and I will definitely make every effort to check out what all you got going over there!

I hear he has a special brethren guest rate... just an arm, not an arm and a leg.

CD :becky:

Timmy Mac
01-03-2014, 03:32 PM
Wow that's awesome!!! Good luck and congrats!

CharredApron
01-04-2014, 10:20 AM
You can take the boy out of the country, but you can’t take the country out of the Boy.

Moving to France and Building a KCBS Competition Team
By Jed Thompson AKA CharredApron

It has been said “You can take the boy out of the country, but you can’t take the country out of the boy” I am living proof and I’m here to tell you. This January my wife and I will be moving to France. We have sold our house in South Florida and are embarking on a new journey to retirement. We have studied and traveled to numerous countries in search of our dream. Our primary objective is to live the remainder of our lives together in harmony while enjoying a more healthful standard of living. First, I need to explain, my wife is European. She was born in Belgium and lived there for 36 years before coming to Florida where we were married. She has recently retired and that is the reason for our quest to find the perfect retirement haven for us. After traveling and vacationing in places that are known for their ease of expatriating, such as Belize, Panama, and Chile, we decided to rethink Europe. We Google’d and Yahoo’d until we were blue in the face. Reading article after article concerning life in the South of France until we successfully pin pointed a region that we felt would offer us a Mediterranean Climate, not a frozen tundra to deal with in winter. Alas, we discovered Languedoc-Roussillon.
The Languedoc Roussillon region is dominated by 740,300 acres (2,996 km2) of vineyards; three times the combined area of the vineyards in Bordeaux and the region has been an important winemaking center for several centuries. Grapevines are said to have ex-
isted in the South of France since the Pliocene period - before the exis- tence of Homo sapiens. The first vineyards of Gaul developed around two towns: Béziers and Narbonne. We first visited Narbonne in April of 2012. This was to be our first experience in living the good life or “la bonne vie” as they say. We rented a house and began our experiment of living life, in France, as we currently do in Florida. This includes shopping daily for ingredients to prepare our meals and only eating out one or two nights a week. We kept and compared receipts from the local markets and to our surprise we found that we could live more economically and healthier there than at home. Shopping proved to be one of my greatest forms of entertainment. The local villages each have a different market day and the vendor’s travel from town to town hawking their wares each day. You are not forced to pay premium prices for meats and vegetables labeled “Organic” because everything is already organic, things are truly farm to table and sustainable as they have been for centuries, not a newfangled buzz word or fad. Breads are baked daily and cheeses are some of the best in the World. Not to mention the wines, but that my friends is another story.
I realize that there are many places in the United States that enjoy the same lifestyle and rural farm life, but for me, being married to a Europe- an, I am eager to experience life in another country. I am looking forward to this new endeavor with a sense of adventure.
We have purchased a house in a small village of 500 people. We are planning on building a culinary retreat and BBQ training facility. Inciden- tally, many people believe that the word barbeque actually derives from the French barbe à queue, that is, “from beard to tail”, signifying the whole of the pig being roasted. Whether this is true or not, I will be bring- ing real American Barbecue to our village. I have recently ordered a new custom stick burner from Shirley Fabricators of Tuscaloosa, Alabama and it will be shipped with my Vision Kamado, Caja China and Lion Gasser as well as my 2007 Harley Davidson Screaming Eagle Softail Springer! As I said, you can take the boy out of the country, but you can’t take the country out of the boy! God Bless America!
We will be offering tours of the local wineries, olive oil mills, charcuter- ies, butchers and local cheese makers as well as bakeries. Our guests have a choice of accommodations nearby in local Bed and Breakfast Inns and we will gather each morning, plan a meal for the evening and then off we go to the local merchants to gather our ingredients to be prepared that evening for dinner. Look for our cook team the, “Sultans of Sting” next year as we compete in International KCBS Contests throughout Europe.

tish
01-14-2014, 09:48 PM
Looks absolutely amazing, Jed! You'll be livin' the dream, brother! Enjoy!! :clap2:

CharredApron
01-15-2014, 08:21 AM
Thanks Tish, Come on over!

silverfinger
03-01-2014, 12:29 PM
Just seeing this thread Jed! Congratulations on your move, and best of luck to you and your wife on your new business venture. From the photos you have posted in the last couple of months, it looks like you and your wife will be living in paradise!

Pooky
03-02-2014, 07:18 AM
Absolutely stunning - Beautiful part of the world.
Your whole set up sounds amazing. I hope to get to meet you at one of the KCBS Comps and at some point make it down to learn some BBQ skills from you!
Good luck with it all!

slow-smoker
03-02-2014, 08:25 AM
Jed, I admire your courage and sense of adventure. I've been to Europe (when I was a kid) , but I don't speak any other language than bad english, so I would feel like a fish out of water. Tomorrows forecast is calling for 12 more inches of snow :tsk: . Might be a good day to start learning French or Italian... Good luck to you sir!

CharredApron
03-02-2014, 08:28 AM
Jed, I admire your courage and sense of adventure. I've been to Europe (when I was a kid) , but I don't speak any other language than bad english, so I would feel like a fish out of water. Tomorrows forecast is calling for 12 more inches of snow :tsk: . Might be a good day to start learning French or Italian... Good luck to you sir!
I hear that Mike. If my wife didn't speak French I would never have made this adventure a reality. 73 degrees here today and smoking on the Shirley built offset.

Big George's BBQ
03-07-2014, 03:12 PM
Cant believe that I just saw this Looks and sounds amazing Jed

CharredApron
03-08-2014, 01:33 AM
Cant believe that I just saw this Looks and sounds amazing Jed
Thank you George, it has been a real challenge to date!